With black bear hunting season already underway and more nimrod options coming up the first of September the need to get licenses for first-time hunters becomes more pressing.
Washington law requires all seekers of first-time hunting licenses in this state born after January 1, 1972 to successfully take and pass a sanctioned hunter education course either here or in another state.
With the advent of the self-paced on-line hunter education course, traditional three- or four-day traditional hunter education classroom courses held hereabouts this time of year are becoming more difficult to find.
As of Friday, Aug. 22 there are no classes scheduled in Whatcom County, though unofficially there may be one or two more that are being organized but not yet officially posted. The closest of these confirmed two- to three-day sessions listed for September and early October are in Marysville, Arlington and Coupeville.
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Steve Dazey, hunter education and volunteer coordinator for WDFW’s Region Four, said that while courses in a classroom setting may be fewer this time of year, would-be first-time hunters may still take the on-line hunter ed tutorial and exam, then seek out an official demonstration session at which to show safe firearms handling and other skills.
There are four of these one- to two- evening field evaluation sessions currently slated for Sedro-Woolley, Burlington and Oak Harbor. There are none in the book for Whatcom County as of now.
For Washington hunter ed class and field evaluation availability got to: http://www.register-ed.com/programs/94
And for much more about hunter education read Sunday's outdoors column.